Bird Groups

To: "'Judy Philip'" <>, Jim Reside <>
Subject: Bird Groups
From: Mike Tarburton <>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 20:18:08 +1000
Judy & Birding-Ausers
On an old list of specialised terms for bird groups that I think was put out by the W.A. Naturalist Club in the 60's we have "a colony of gulls" and a "murder of crows' but nothing for ravens.
Have a good day in the world of ornithology

Dr Mike Tarburton
Dean: School of Science & Technology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB Boroko
Papua New Guinea

-----Original Message-----
From: Judy Philip [
Sent: Saturday, 15 February 2003 1:52 PM
To: Jim Reside
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Bird Groups

Jim Reside wrote:
Hello Folks, Just a request for some bird trivia information. A young friend has been asked to find out what the collective _expression_ is for a group of Ravens and a group of Gulls. I have only heard of people referring to a "murder" of Crows, I think, and assumed that it referred to both Crows and Ravens. I have never encountered something for Gulls other than a flock. I hope somebody can enlighten me and my young friend. Thanks, Jim Reside


A quick search of 'Google' under 'collective nouns' turned up a site - - which also (yes it had a "murder of crows") offered a "colony of gulls" and an "unkindness of ravens" - the latter sounds a bit odd.

Judy Philip
Adelaide, South Australia

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